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Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, January 2020 Solicits, 31 Creators on 21 Books

November 25, 2019

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With the December solicits, DC listed a bunch of their titles for the first week of January, and I decided to keep those books out of the official tally. Most of the comics were DC’s usual first week of the month fare, just scheduled early, so they fit better with the January solicits. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in the New Year, starting with the newly listed books:

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #5 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Basketful of Heads #4 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #2 (writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #43 (writer)
  • Colleen Doran: Wonder Woman #750 (interior art)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #2 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: Wonder Woman #750 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Birds of Prey #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Gail Simone: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #2 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #750 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #3 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #5 (writer), Supergirl #38 (writer), Superman: Heroes #1 (co-writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #19 (writer, interior art, cover), Wonder Woman #750 (cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #16 (writer)
  • Laura Marks: Daphne Byrne #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #4 (writer), Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: RWBY #4 (interior art)
  • Michelle Delecki: Metal Men #4 (interior art, cover)
  • N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #3 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #17 (co-writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #38 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #43 (variant cover)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #4 (cover)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #4 (cover)
  • Shannon Hale: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #16 (cover)
  • Vita Ayala: Wonder Woman #750 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Daphne Byrne #1 (variant cover)

And the holdovers from the December solicits:

  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #17 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #42 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #5 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #42 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Lois Lane #7 (variant cover)

All together, it adds up to 31 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 21 different books at DC in January, the same number of creators as in December but across three fewer books. That’s some fairly consistent representation, though when we look at the total number of books from this round and the carryover from December we’ve got female and non-binary creators on 21 of DC’s 74 different issues, good for a rate of 28%. This is a big drop from December’s 36%.

While January’s got a lot of creators, they’re not very well spread out. A considerable number of the writers and listed above are working on one title, the super-sized Wonder Woman #750. All of these names are a good boost for the creator numbers, but it does concentrate the representation much more than usual. It also doesn’t bode terribly well for February, since this is a special one-time issue and most of the creators involved aren’t guaranteed a gig next month.

In terms of new names, the aforementioned Wonder Woman #750 boasts several returning favourites and what I think is the single issue debut for Shannon Hale at DC, which should be very cool. She’s done some great work on longer form superhero books. The Hill House Comics line continues to expand as well with Daphne Byrne from new-to-DC writer Laura Marks.

It’s a quiet month for new books with female characters, though. There’s Daphne Byrne, of course, and a re-solicited Birds of Prey that’s now part of DC’s Black Label line for some reason. Apart from that, Lois Lane and Supergirl are involved in the Superman: Heroes special, and that’s about it for new titles and specials.

Overall, while the total of female and non-binary creators remains relatively solid, the numbers may not be sustainable and we’re seeing noticeably less representation across the board. DC will need some new books or some creative changes in February to keep up with the standard they’ve set over the past few months.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, December 2019 Solicits: 31 Creators on 24 Books

October 22, 2019

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DC likes to get tricky with its solicits in December, and this year is no exception. Christmas is a Wednesday so comic shops won’t be open, and DC’s not putting out any books that week. Also, the next Wednesday is New Year’s Day, and while shops likely won’t be open then either, DC seems to have combined their last week of December books with their first week of January books and listed them in this round of solicits for January 1st. Which is confusing, I know. So we’re going to do two counts, first with just the books coming out in December, then adding in all the ones listed for the first week of January. On top of a busy month for female and non-binary creators already, prepare to enjoy the confusion as we look at who’s doing what at DC this December(ish):

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (variant cover), Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1 (cover), Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #6 (co-writer, cover)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #1 (writer)
  • Corinna Bechko: New Year’s Evil #1 (co-writer)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #1 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: Lois Lane #6 (variant cover), New Year’s Evil #1 (interior art)
  • Gurihiru: Superman Smashes the Klan #2 (interior art, cover)
  • J.A.W. Cooper: The Low, Low Woods #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #1 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #2 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (writer), Supergirl #37 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #18 (writer, interior art, cover), The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 (variant cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (writer)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #15 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #55 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: The Dreaming #16 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: RWBY #3 (interior art)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #4 (interior art), Metal Men #3 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: RWBY #3 (interior art)
  • N.K Jemison: Far Sector #2 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #16 (co-writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #37 (interior art)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #3 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #6 (interior art)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #3 (interior art)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #15 (cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Basketful of Heads #3 (variant cover)
  • Vita Ayala: New Year’s Evil #1 (co-writer)
  • Zoe Quinn: The Infected: Deathbringer #1 (writer)

All together, there are 31 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 24 different books at DC on titles actually coming out in December. Then for the first week of January we’ve got:

  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #17 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #42 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #5 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #42 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Lois Lane #7 (variant cover)

Which brings us to 35 creators on 28 books overall. So here is my executive decision: I’m going to save the January 1st books for next month and add it to that list. There’s an argument to be made that Batgirl should be counted with the December books, but we’re going to keep a clear line of demarcation.

So, 31 female and non-binary creators on 24 different books gives us six more creators than in November on one fewer book. It’s a nice showing for DC, whose numbers continue to climb after a long, underwhelming 2019. They’re closing the year relatively strong, which could bode well for the New Year.

Adjusting the numbers based on the titles being released, DC’s putting out 66 books in December (14 more will be added to the January 2020 report), so with female and non-binary creators on 24 of them, we have representation across 36% of the line. That’s three points up from December, and I think it’s the best percentage we’ve seen from DC since we started this adjusted total to balance things out with Marvel earlier this year.

It’s a bit of a quiet month for new books with female leads. Harley Quinn’s got yet another special, which makes sense with Birds of Prey on the way, and Donna Troy is starring in The Infected: Deathbringer one-shot that ties into Batman/Superman’s the Batman Who Laughs shenanigans. We’ve also got a new Wonder Woman mini called Wonder Woman: Dead Earth that looks weird and dark, and I’m curious to see what folks think of it.

There are some returning favourites on the creator side of things, but more notably we’ve got a slew of new names on the Hill House series The Low, Low Woods. Carmen Maria Machado is writing it, Dani is the artist, and J.A.W. Cooper is doing the cover. It’s great to see an all-female creative team in this new imprint.

Overall, DC is set to close out the year well, even with only three weeks of solicits. Hopefully this is a sign of change inside the publisher, which has been languishing in terms of representation for a while now, and the numbers will continue to grow in 2020.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, November 2019 Solicits: 25 Creators on 25 Books

September 24, 2019

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November has DC back on a regular four-week schedule, but the publisher’s output remains high and we’re seeing the numbers for female and non-binary creators continuing to hold steady. Hopefully this marks a change for DC, who have been unimpressive with representation throughout the year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what this November:

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #3 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #5 (co-writer, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #5 (co-writer, interior art, cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #15 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #41 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batman/Superman #4 (variant cover), Birds of Prey #2 (interior art, cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #82 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #83 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #1 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #3 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #17 (writer, interior art)
  • Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley Quinn: Criminal Sanity #2 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: The Flash #82 (variant cover)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #14 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #54 (writer)
  • Laura Braga: Supergirl Annual #2 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #2 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Aquaman #54 (variant cover), Inferior Five #3 (interior art), Metal Men #3 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Lois Lane #5 (variant cover), RWBY #2 (interior art)
  • N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #1 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #15 (co-writer)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #41 (variant cover)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #2 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #5 (interior art)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #2 (cover)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #14 (cover)

All together, we’ve got 25 different female creators set to work on 25 different books in November, two fewer creators and books than in October. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits. While there are double drops, the number of books overall has dropped as well, and we’ve ended up at a similar level.

Or rather, exactly the same. With female creators on 25 of 75 books in November, that gives us representation across 33% of the line. That’s the same total as in October, despite all the shifting in output. DC putting our more books again has been a boon for female creators.

It’s not a busy month for new creators, but there are some notable additions. Jessica Dalva is doing the cover for The Dollhouse Family, a new book that’s part of Joe Hill’s horror imprint that’s been rolling out slowing thus far this fall. We’ve also got acclaimed author N.K. Jemison writing Far Sector, a new Green Lantern series that’s part of DC’s Black Label, and I am beyond excited to dig into that!

Far Sector is the only new title with a female lead. November is pretty quiet at DC, though there is another round of those unspecified annuals. I don’t know why DC isn’t listing creators for those, and I imagine that their not doing so is annoying retailers quite a bit.

Overall, DC is holding steady in terms of female creator representation now that they’re putting out more books. As always with the Big Two, time will tell if this is an actual shift or a momentary blip, but it’s good to see at least one month of consistency from them at a relatively decent level.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, October 2019 Solicits: 27 Creators on 27 Books

September 18, 2019

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October has five Wednesdays, which means an extra round of comics hitting shops this month. The solicits confirm what we’ve noticed since DC reduced its output: Fewer books means fewer opportunities for female and non-binary creators, beyond simple proportionality, and the inverse is true. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in October with an extra week of books:

  • Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #4 (co-writer, cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer #1 (cover)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #40 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Birds of Prey #1 (interior art, cover), Lois Lane #4 (variant cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #80 (writer), Wonder Woman #81 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Superman Smashes the Klan #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #81 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #2 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #16 (writer, interior art, cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1 (writer)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #13 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #53 (writer), Aquaman Annual #2 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #1 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #2 (interior art), Metal Men #1 (interior art), Shazam! #11 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: RWBY #1 (interior art)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #14 (co-writer)
  • Nicola Scott: Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 (interior art)
  • Paulina Ganucheau: Dial H for Hero #8 (interior art)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #1 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #4 (interior art)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #1 (cover)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #13 (cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Wildcats #3 (variant cover)
  • Vita Ayala: Aquaman Annual #2 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: DCeased #5 (variant cover), DCeased #6 (variant cover)

All together, there are 27 female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 27 different comic books at DC in October, seven more creators than in September across a whopping 11 more titles. These are substantial gains. While the extra week of books explains some of this gain, this is more than proportional.

We can see that when we look at the numbers more closely. DC is putting out 83 books in October, a big jump from September, and having female and non-binary creators on 27 of them means representation across 33% of the line. That a seven point jump from September that puts DC back in line with where they were a few months back. Not that the numbers were impressive then! But they’ve dropped since, and it’s nice to have things moving up again.

In terms of new names, we’ve got a couple current Marvel regulars with some DC gigs. Gurihiru are drawing Superman Smashes the Klan, which looks spectacular, while Vita Ayala is co-writing an Aquaman annual. Cover artist Reiko Murakami is brand new, Kami Garcia is writing her first single issues at DC, and we’ve got the return of a classic pairing with Marguerite Bennett and Mirka Andolfo on RWBY.

I don’t really know what RWBY is, but I gather it’s some kind of cartoon with female leads? And anything that reunites an old DC Comics Bombshells team is bound to be a fun read. We’ve also got a new Birds of Prey title, but with Brian Azzarello at the helm my hopes are rather low. There are some “giant” issues listed in the solicits with no creator information, including one for Wonder Woman and one for the DC Super Hero Girls. Since there are no creators associated with the books, they’ve been left out of the overall count. Details released later include a handful of female creators in the mix for the books’ new stories.

Overall, October marks some solid gains for female and non-binary creators at DC. More books means more opportunities, but it’s more than that. The top of the pecking order is clearly dominated by male creators, so with fewer books they get more jobs. More books means those lower down the list get opportunities, and we’re seeing how much of a difference that makes this month.

Women + NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, August 2018 Solicits: 25 Creators on 19 Books

May 30, 2018

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August looks like it’s going to be a relatively decent month for female creators at DC Comics, with the publisher posting its highest numbers since March. It’s a welcome change after an underwhelming spring and start to the summer. However, August is also a month of transition, with some big beginnings, endings, and returns, so the sustainability of these numbers is very much up in the air. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC Comics this August:

  • Adriana Melo: Plastic Man #3 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn/Gossamer Special #1 (co-writer, cover), Supergirl #21 (variant cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Teen Titans #21 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Shade, the Changing Woman #6 (cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Sandman Universe #1 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, the Changing Woman #6 (writer)
  • Elena Casagrande: Batgirl Annual #2 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batgirl Annual #2 (cover), Catwoman/Tweety and Sylvester Special #1 (cover)
  • Gail Simone: Catwoman/Tweety and Sylvester Special #1 (writer), Plastic Man #3 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #52 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #53 (variant cover)
  • Jill Thompson: The Sandman Universe #1 (co-writer)
  • Jody Houser: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #6 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #2 (writer, art, cover)
  • Julie Benson: Green Arrow #43 (co-writer)
  • Kat Howard: The Sandman Universe #1 (co-writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Eternity Girl #6 (writer)
  • Mairghread Scott: Batgirl #26 (writer), Batgirl Annual #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #18 (writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, the Changing Woman #6 (interior art)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: The Sandman Universe #1 (co-writer)
  • Rachel Dodson: Justice League Odyssey #2 (variant cover), Supergirl #21 (cover)
  • Sana Takeda: The Wild Storm #16 (variant cover)
  • Shawna Benson: Green Arrow #43 (co-writer)
  • Shea Fontana: Catwoman/Tweety and Sylvester Special #1 (writer, backup story)
  • Yasmine Putri: Scooby Apocalypse #28 (variant cover)

All together, there are 25 female creators scheduled to work on 19 different comics in August 2018, 4 more creators than in July and 3 more books. To the best of my knowledge, there are no non-binary creators set to work at DC Comics in August. Relative to the year thus far, this is a solid showing for female representation at DC. The numbers remain noticeably below the publisher’s past highs, but hitting the mid-20s is still a nice change after a consistent, lower stretch.

We’ve also got a major debut in August with The Sandman Universe #1. Not only is it more Sandman, which is always exciting, it’s also an introductory issue for four spinoff series that will begin this fall. The book has several female creators in the mix, including writers Kat Howard and Nalo Hopkinson, both new to DC, and artist Bilquis Evely, who you may remember from her excellent run on Wonder Woman. They’ll also be part of the spinoff books moving forward.

But we’ve got a lot of endings as well. Batwoman is drawing to a close after a very enjoyable run, and between that and the cancellation of Bombshells United I’ve got my fingers crossed that DC has something else lined up for Marguerite Bennett because she’s been doing fantastic work for them. August also marks the end of the “Young Animal” imprint, which will be a major blow to the numbers. “Young Animal” creators account for 5 of the 25 women listed above, and losing 20% of your female workforce in one fell swoop is not ideal. They’re all amazing creators, too, and I hope DC is wise enough to keep them in the fold with new work.

There are also a lot of oneshots and annuals in August, including a few Looney Tunes crossovers that sound amusing. These are one-off gigs, though, and combined those with a few random variant cover jobs and the cancellations I just mentioned, there are only 11 female creators in the list above that have long term jobs guaranteeing they’ll be back next month. Several of the 14 other women may return in some other capacity, but it’s no sure thing.

Overall, while August will be one of DC’s better months for representation so far this year, things are very much in flux right now. Barring a rash of one-shot gigs or major creative shake ups, reaching this level again in September could be tricky. Plus it’s not even that impressive a level to begin with. DC’s hired far more female and non-binary creators in the past. And they also hire about a couple hundred dudes each month, so women and non-binary creators remain a small minority regardless.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, July 2018 Solicits: 21 Creators on 16 Books

May 1, 2018

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After some low numbers in the June solicits, DC’s underwhelming summer is set to continue into July. The publisher has a lot going on, what with the Brian Michael Bendis era beginning in Action Comics and Superman and new Justice League books debuting. However, few of the goings on seem to involve female or non-binary creators. The only exception is the upcoming Bat-Cat wedding, which will spin off into an exciting new title in July. But elsewhere, representation remains relatively poor. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what this July:

  • Adriana Melo: Plastic Man #2 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Special #1 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Teen Titans #20 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Batman #50 (interior art), Shade, The Changing Woman #5 (cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Plastic Man #2 (cover)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, The Changing Woman #5 (writer)
  • Corinna Bechko: DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Special #1 (co-writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batgirl #25 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Plastic Man #2 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #50 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #51 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #5 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Batman #50 (interior art), Catwoman #1 (writer, interior art, cover)
  • Laura Braga: Wonder Woman #51 (interior art)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Eternity Girl #5 (writer)
  • Mairghread Scott: Batgirl #25 (co-writer), Green Arrow #42 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Batgirl #25 (co-writer), Batwoman #17 (writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Woman #5 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Mera, Queen of Atlantis #6 (cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Justice League Odyssey #1 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: The Terrifics #6 (interior art)
  • Shea Fontana: DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Special #1 (co-writer)

All together, there are 21 different female creators set to work on 16 different books in July, 2 more creators than in June though 1 fewer book. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators working at DC Comics in July. These ups and downs even out to the slightest of gains, but the numbers remain noticeably below the publisher’s spring totals and far off of their past highs. At this point, female and non-binary creator representation is at just two thirds of what DC has shown themselves to be capable of achieving.

The continuing low numbers can be attributed to a lack of new talent. While the creators listed above are fantastic, we’ve seen all of them before at DC in some capacity or another. It’s encouraging to have a group of women getting steady work here, for sure. That kind of consistency is important. But the numbers remain relatively low, and they aren’t growing.

In terms of fictional women, the big news is that we’re getting a new Catwoman book, written and drawn by the wonderful Joelle Jones. That’s going to be excellent. Apart from that, female characters will also have some decent representation in two new Justice League titles set to premiere in July. Wonder Woman and Zatanna are part of Justice League Dark, accounting for 2 of the 5 characters on the team, while Jessica Cruz and Starfire will be in Justice League Odyssey, making up 2 of the 4 characters on the team. The male majority on the flagship Justice League title is substantial, so these new additions to the line are a big step toward better representation.

Overall, there are some positive signs at DC. The female creator ranks are stable, and fictional representation has improved. However, the creator numbers remain low. There just doesn’t seem to be a commitment at the publisher to improving the ranks of female and non-binary creators. We’ve been seeing a similar lack of effort from Marvel as well, which has added up to a rather disappointing string of solicits as of late. DC has reached much higher totals in the past, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll be returning to those highs any time soon.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics Watch, June 2018 Solicits: 19 Creators on 17 Books

April 3, 2018

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June is a huge month for DC, and the bulk of it is centered around their two superstar writers. Scott Snyder is relaunching Justice League, with Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez drawing the books, while Brian Michael Bendis is kickstarting his new Superman run with a Man of Steel mini-series featuring art from Ivan Reis, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes, and Jason Fabok. You may have noticed that these creators have something in common, namely that they’re all men. It’s a fitting dude-fest given that DC Comics’ June solicits contain their lowest number of female and non-binary creators in nearly two years. As always at DC, when big things are happening, women and non-binary creators are few and far between. Let’s take a look at who is doing what this June:

  • Adriana Melo: Plastic Man #1 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Plastic Man #1 (variant cover)
  • Aneke: Bombshells United #19 (interior art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (cover)
  • Brandee Stilwell: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6 (co-writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Plastic Man #1 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #48 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #49 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #4 (writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Eternity Girl #4 (writer)
  • Mairghread Scott: Green Arrow #41 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #16 (writer), Bombshells United #19 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Bombshells United #19 (interior art, cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Woman #4 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Harley Quinn #43 (interior art), Harley Quinn #44 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Future Quest Presents #11 (variant cover), Mera, Queen of Atlantis #5 (cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Motherlands #6 (inteior art)
  • Sandra Hope: The Silencer #6 (cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: The Wild Storm #14 (variant cover)

All together, there are 19 different female creators scheduled to work on 17 different books in June, 4 fewer creators than in May and 3 fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators set to work at DC in June. I’ve said before that in this day and age, with so many different, amazing women and non-binary creators working in comics, that a big publisher like DC or Marvel should be able to hire 20 of them a month with ease. If a publisher can’t get out of the teens, then they’re not even trying. And now DC is in the teens. Just barely so, but still. This is an embarrassingly low total, doubly so given that it’s such an important month for the publisher, and triply so because it marks DC’s lowest total since August 2016.

Moreover, fictional men are getting all of the focus in June as well. Superman’s the star of the show for the Man of Steel mini-series, of course, while only 2 of the 9 members of the new Justice League are women. There are also 5 special issues leading up to Batman and Catwoman’s nuptials called Batman: Prelude to the Wedding, in which only 2 of the 10 named characters are women and all of the creators are men. And 4 new Hanna-Barbera crossover issues with all male characters and about 17 dudes writing and drawing them. We’ve got a new Hawkman book in June, too, again with all male creators. At least the new Plastic Man has some women in the mix behind the scenes, even if the month as a whole is sorely lacking in fictional representation.

And as bad as these numbers are, they might be about to drop further. June marks the last issue of Bombshells United, ending one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve ever read and also removing a bastion of female creators from the monthly solicits. With its double shipping, you could count on 3-5 women each month in Bombshells United, and now that’s come to an end. July might be a rough outing, barring some new books or creative changes.

As I said at the top of the piece, female and non-binary creators tend to disappear when DC does big new initiatives. In every new round of relaunches or big creative shifts, men are always at the forefront. And frankly, this isn’t going to change until these men do something about it. Creators like Scott Snyder and Brian Michael Bendis are mega-stars. They could be working with any artists they wanted to, and yet here we see them with eight different dudes. The big names at DC need to step up and fight for improved representation at the publisher, otherwise it’s just going to be the same old thing again and again. Gail Simone does it. Greg Rucka does. And others need to join in.


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